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South Africa is one of the world’s major exporters and dealers in metal packing and recycling. Estimations show that about 75 per cent of this scrap metal is recovered from recycling.

Among the most common metals sent for recycling are steel, aluminium, and tin foils. Beverage cans and food tins also are common materials for recycling with most of this sold locally, though.

These statistics show a scrap industry that is expansive and with that comes the demand for raw materials in order to satisfy the big appetite of the products to feed the local market as well as the international market.

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According to the Business Wire report of 2021, South Africa generates up to 108 million tonnes of annual waste, about 90 per cent of this which ends up in landfills. The problem is that …